Remember we took part in the Cold Storage Kids Run for the first time last year, how the hubby accompanied Angel for the first race of her life, how I tried to run at the sideline with Ariel in the baby carrier, how I ended up missing that golden shot of them crossing the finishing line? Gosh, I can't believe that a year has passed already!
Since I made a resolution for it to be the start of many more fun races for our family, we were excited when we were invited to participate in the Cold Storage Kids Run again this year as part of the AIA Vitality Challenge. It didn't matter that the hubby was away and couldn't make it back in time to join us, I felt ready and game enough to run my first race with my daughter.
The night before the run, the girls and I went to bed at our usual midnight timing after a busy evening as it was my granny's 80th birthday celebration. I was all psyched up and had packed the bags, ironed the shirts, got ready our race bibs before I set the alarm for 6:00am.
At 3:30am, I jumped out of bed, half thinking I had overslept and went into a panic when I couldn't find the alarm clock. It always happens because Ariel likes to take it and hide it somewhere else in the room. It was only when I grabbed hold of my phone that I let out a sigh of relief. You can guess it was pretty much a sleepless night after that and when the alarm went off, I was all set to do a most difficult task - wake the kids.
Contrary to my expectations, both of them woke up promptly in a cheerful mood and were ready for the action. We got dressed swiftly, applied sunblock, put on our sports shoes, had a light breakfast and before we knew it, we were on our way.
Back for the seventh consecutive year, the Cold Storage Kids Run 2014 was held at a brand new venue - The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. This year, over 5,700 kids signed up for the run and it is heartwarming to know that fellow Singaporeans are so supportive of this event. The way I see it, healthy activities such as sports and exercise are definitely one of the best platforms for children and parents to bond and keep fit at the same time.
Luckily for me, Angel was fascinated by all the grasshoppers she saw along the way and kept herself occupied by trying to spot them among the green grass. When we finally made our way to under the tentage, she was pleasantly surprised to see her friend, Dana, and her dad from Princess Dana Diaries.
We waited with heavy hearts as dull grey clouds started to block out the sun rays and a torrential downpour was imminent. You can imagine how all of us shouted "Hooray" when we finally got to the starting line and braced ourselves up for the "3, 2, 1, Go".
You know what is ironic? I had planned on letting her pace me so that we could finish the 800m in good timing but it ended up I was the one following her the whole time. Seriously. She had to keep turning her head back to see if I was there and I kept assuring her "Mummy's here, go go go!" Halfway through, I started to pant and I wondered if my words of "Don't give up, we are almost there!" or "You can run slow but you can't quit" were meant to encourage her or myself. This girl had no intention of stopping and we began to overtake the rest one by one.
When the finishing line was in sight and we had to make the last 100m dash, I told Angel to "Run as fast as you can!" and I saw my little sprinter race to the end. I could barely muster the energy to come closely behind her and it felt totally awesome when we crossed that finishing line. It was even better when the emcee announced proudly "Angel, welcome back!" and I turned around to give my girl a big, tight hug.
Apart from the new category All-Dressed-Up Family Fun which had parents and children coming in their creative superhero costumes, we also saw children dressed as cute fruits and vegetables to promote healthy eating as part of the AIA Vitality Munchkin contest.
|The AIA Vitality Munchkin contest participants. Photo Credit: AIA Singapore.|
|The AIA Singapore booth at the Cold Storage Kids Run 2014. Photo credit: AIA Singapore.|
In addition, we spotted at least 10 lovely mascots roaming around and of course, my girls were delighted to be able to take pictures with them and gave each of them a high five.
It was a fun day out even though we got drenched eventually. We will definitely continue to make healthy living a way of life and stay fit as a family through sports!
For more photos from that day, visit AIA Singapore FB page here.
AIA Vitality Mobile App
As I am attempting to live and eat healthily, I’ve always wondered how much I really burn from doing a run or how much calories I am putting on from eating a burger. This question has always crossed my mind which was why I’ve found it extremely handy to find an app to help me do just that. As an AIA Vitality member, I track mine using the AIA Vitality app which can be downloaded on both the iPhone and Android phone.
Personally, I do not really log my diet because it can get time consuming to search for the food item and I've experienced cases where I totally couldn't locate the dish that I just ate. Nonetheless, I do like the idea of logging my workouts so that I can keep track of my exercise frequency and better understand the calories involved.
What impressed me most was the list of workout activities to choose from, including Walking - Pushing Single Stroller, which will no doubt be my most frequent form of exercise for now. I also like how my workout history is presented in a neat list which helps me to keep track of how diligently and consistently I am keeping exercise as a way of healthy living.
Now, who says mums are too busy to workout? Let's bring out that stroller for a walk or have a family race in the park!
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